I had some red cabbage from my CSA bag that I didn't know what to do with. Enough slaw already! The solution: a crunchy salad from fellow Rochester blogger, Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness. I made just a few tweaks to the recipe based on what I had on hand. It was a simple combination of cabbage, scallions, bacon, and a sweet, tangy poppy seed dressing. It was nice and crunchy and the bacon was a great addition (gotta love bacon).
I liked the salad dressing so much that I used it in another salad. My mom had given me the recipe for a new favorite winter salad with romaine lettuce, pear, apple, Craisins, Swiss cheese, and cashews. I lost the recipe, but remembered that the salad dressing was sweet, so I used the poppy seed dressing instead. The salad was a great combination of textures and flavors.
Red Cabbage Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Red Cabbage (Lori used Napa. Both work.)
Poppy seed dressing, to taste
Mix together all ingredients and enjoy!
Winter Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
I don't measure salad ingredients, so these are guess-timates...
1-2 heads romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
4 ounces Swiss cheese, diced or shredded
1 cup cashews (I used lightly salted)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 apple, diced
1 pear, diced
Poppy seed salad dressing, to taste
Poppy Seed Dressing
Adapted from this recipe on Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk ingredients together. Pour into glass container. Store in the refrigerator.